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By now you may notice that there are many lawsuits about intellectual copyrights these days For example Recording Industry sued Napster an online repository of downloadable music files last December alleging it had contributed to numerous copyright violations In addition a heavy-metal band Metallica and rapper Dr Dre also filed their own suits against Napster And now the industry is going after students over music sharing online The controversial issue here is whether it is legal for those students to share music online since they are doing so not for profit but for entertainment only On the one hand some people may feel that Matallica is a big name band that has made tons of money on their fans So who cares if they lose 50 a disc on a few thousand discs--theyve made millions right On the other hand others may think that sharing music online has thrown a panic into the music industry and it is necessary for the industry to try such legal approach As far as I am concerned on the surface it may appear to be millionaires fighting over pennies actually it boils down to the protection of intellectual property Because unauthorized copying of digital music breaks the copyright law and encroach the hard-working artists interest recording industry need to take some action to solve this problem First of all according to the Federal Law it is illegal to copy and distribute copyrighted music without permission even though the music is online It is true that many of the bands do allow free music trading and they also enjoy the supreme benefits of the free word-of-mouth advertising that trading provide So some people may think that its okay to make other peoples copyrighted music available on their Web Server as long as they do not charge people for downloading the material and they even assume that their multimedia website will be a wonderful showcase for the owners work to which
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